Betty Colonomos is a heritage signer who grew up in New York City. After completing her education at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral level, she developed the Integrated Model of Interpreting (1982) that is practiced by many competent and respected interpreters. Betty created the Etna Project which has been meeting for 15 years, focusing on Reflective Practice and elevation of the field. She is a consultant and educator working throughout the USA and abroad.
Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide. Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community.
Betty is the developer of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which is the most widely used model in the U.S. for teaching cognitive processes in interpreting. She teaches the Foundations of Interpreting Series for hearing, coda and Deaf interpreters that combines the IMI with a Vygotskyan approach to learning. Betty is the creator of the Etna Project (2002 – present) held in New Hampshire and Maryland. The project is a series of retreats supporting a Community of Reflective Practitioners who are interpreters committed to their own growth as they seek to become change agents in the field of interpreting.